Friday, November 14 - 16, 2014

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  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Friday, November 14 - 16, 2014

Friday, November 14 - 16, 2014
Event starts at 5:00 pm

Thomas R. Kline School of Law
Drexel University
3320 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

About Startup Weekend:

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs, with events in over 100 countries and 600 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a co-founder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!


Friday November 14th

5:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

5:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:30 pm
Review agenda for the weekend and discuss rules of the road

7:00 pm
Coaching Available
Evening coaches will float to help answer questions.

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:30 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday November 15th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

10:00 am
Coaches Available
Need help getting started? Coaches are here to help.

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

1:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday November 16th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches available to help with closure.

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
Pitch Coaching
Tune your pitch to make the most impact

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:30 pm

5:30 pm
Final Presentations

8:00 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Chuck Sacco
Entrepreneur in Residence and Director of External Relations, Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship

A technology entrepreneur, educator, public speaker, board member and advisor.
I am Entrepreneur in Residence and Director of External Relations at Drexel University’s Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship and Director at the Baiada Institute for Entrepreneurship. I help students develop their startup ideas, and help bring together students and local entrepreneurs to work on startup projects. As an entrepreneur,  I’ve founded and have helped launch a number of startups and products in the fields of enterprise software, business process management, and mobile apps.

Mike Krupit

Mike Krupit is a veteran of seven diverse startups, three IPOs, a few mergers and acquisitions, a small company turn-around - often pioneering markets, models, or technologies. He is the founding partner of Trajectify, coaching entrepreneurs of startups and small businesses. Mike is also the co-founder of IntroNet, a startup that is making introductions easier and more powerful. Recently, he was the Chief Operating Officer for Real Food Works, where he currently remains an advisor.

Dave Clarke
Founder / Lead Strategist

With AuthenticMatters, Dave creates contextual, authentic communication that drives action, resulting in satisfaction and delight.  His team and network of like-minded professionals span the gamut of expertise: from design to engineering to karaoke and everything in between. That means when we dream up something awesome that requires pinpoint expertise, we’ve got the right people.

Coaches and Mentors

Alisha Nevā

Alisha has advised publishing, health, entertainment, and various startup companies on digital marketing and branding. She continues to help others with the digital marketing and branding in various fields (tattooing, massage, and gardening to name a few) - whenever someone comes her way with a business idea she is ready to help them attain their goals utilizing graphic design, social media, and analog marketing. She also enjoys ending most letters and messages with a <3 - because that’s where the best things come from.

Jon Wagner

Jon Wagner helps startups bring innovation to market through a blend of business acumen and deep technology skills. Jon ran software development at eMoney Advisor for 13 years, where he and his team built holistic wealth management software to help advisors work with their clients better. Prior to eMoney, Jon helped build VerticalNet, a leading business-to-business provider in the early dot-com era, and, one of Reuters first Web properties.

Ravi Bala

Ravi Bala is a Co-Founder at HealthSignals, LLC a leader in technology solutions for better senior living. His mission and now the mission of HealthSignals, is to make a difference in a million lives through technology. His favorite expression is - Fanatical Implementation of Common Sense. Ravi is driven by the mantra of Compassionate Service. He has been a coach in over a dozen Startup Weekends and Hackfests and is a passionate fan of Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneurial Thinking. Ask him about the Capital for Good and Akshaya Patra ($15 = midday meal for a whole year for one child), the two nonprofits he is involved in because even if you don't, he will tell you about them. 

Matthew Grande
Global Business & Operations Advisor

After 12+ years of loyally serving the Global Capital Markets across three continents, I have moved back to Philadelphia and discovered my new passion and mission: helping small, ambitious, and socially-conscious businesses to launch, grow, and flourish.

Bill Hargenrader
Innovation Consultant and Entrepreneur

Bill Hargenrader is a Cybersecurity Manager, Innovation Consultant and Senior Lead Technologist at Booz Allen Hamilton, a fortune 500 technology and strategy consulting firm. He is the founder of an internal corporate startup, CyberSMART, with the main product being an application that manages cybersecurity more efficiently across all levels of a client’s enterprise. Bill enjoys mentoring and coaching on lean startup principles, effective messaging, and branding.

Chris Baglieri
VP Engineering, Blackfynn

Chris is a software engineer who has spent the bulk of his career in startups. He currently is the VP Engineering at Blackfynn, a startup solving complex problems in the biomedical sciences. Previously, he was VP of Engineering at SnipSnap, Principal Software Engineer at Artisan Mobile, and Principal Software Engineer at konciergeMD. He's no stranger to Startup Weekend, participating in the first two events on teams taking 1st and 2nd place respectively, and continued on to co-organize the next three events in the city. He has a passion for building things and loves helping others do the same.

Daniele Hargenrader

Daniele Hargenrader, aka the Diabetes Dominator, is co-founder of True You Fitness, an online health and wellness business. She now helps trainers and coaches set up their own successful online businesses. She is an international speaker, has presented at Fortune 100 companies, top ranked hospitals and universities, and has dedicated herself to teaching people how to live the life they imagined through optimal health and personal business growth.

Tracy Welson-Rossman

Tracey has been supporter in the tech startup community for the past 8 years. She is CMO at Chariot Solutions, a regional IT consulting firm. She is also the founder of TechGirlz, an organization dedicated to helping middle school girls understand how cool technology can be. She is currently an advisor to startups, Haydle and ROAR.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The PHLSW team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Philadelphia is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Matthew
  • Alisha
  • Bill
  • Jon
  • Kyle
  • Liz
  • Tracy
  • Taylor


Nate Allen

CTO of Proof. Although he's been writing software since grade school, it's always been a means to an end. Ultimately he has a passion for building meaningful things. Building things to entertain, connect, or empower. He also feeds this passion by organizing and facilitating events and meetups. Like this fine Startup Weekend.

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